Tue December 12, 2017

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Proverbs 12 (New King James Version)

1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid.
2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
3 A man is not established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
4 An excellent[a] wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”
But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,
But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant,
Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.[b]
12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will come through trouble.
14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But he who heeds counsel is wise.
16 A fool’s wrath is known at once,
But a prudent man covers shame.
17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness,
But a false witness, deceit.
18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
19 The truthful lip shall be established forever,
But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous,
But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.
26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession.
28 In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.



“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother” (John 19: 25)

After the days of Jesus’ infancy and childhood and during all His public ministry, we see and hear so little of Mary. Her life was lived in the background among the shadows. But now, when the supreme hour struck and when the whole world had cast Him out, she stood there by the cross! Mary was nearest to the cruel tree! Bereft of faith and hope, baffled and paralyzed by the strange scene, yet bound with love to the dying One, there she stood! Here we see the mother’s heart displayed. She was the dying man’s mother. The one who agonized there on the cross was her son. It was she who first planted kisses on that brow which was now crowned with thorns. It was she who guided those hands and feet to walk, which was now pierced with brutal nails. No mother ever suffered as she did!

Jesus’ disciples deserted Him. His friends forsook Him, His nation despised Him but His mother stood there at the foot of the cross! O who can fathom or analyze the mother’s heart! With such a great calmness she stood there all alone! There was no hysterical shout! No show of feminine weakness, no wild outcry of uncontrollable anguish or fainting! Not a word that came from her lips has been recorded by either of the four gospel writers. Apparently she suffered an unbroken silence.Yet her sorrow was nonetheless real and acute. The crowds were mocking, the thieves jeering, the soldiers indifferent, the Savior was bleeding and dying and there was His mother witnessing the horrible events. A Bible commentator writes: “Her action and attitude are unique. In all the annals of the history of our race there is no parallel”.

Dear friends, was it not reverence for the Lord that kept Mary stand with Him till His last moment? Do we have such love and reverence to stand for the Lord till the very end amidst hardships mockery and persecutions? Unless we have overflowing love for Him we cannot do so.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, how great is Your profound wisdom to choose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, a woman with meekness, holiness and courage which surpassed that of every other woman in this world. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to stand for You till the end, come what may. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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